NYC Gay Teen Leaders Honored at Live Out Loud Gala
Live Out Loud hosted The Ninth Annual Trailblazers benefit Gala on Monday April 26th , at the Chelsea Art Museum, where more than 500 community leaders convened to honor 4 outstanding High School Graduates of 2010 . The event, hosted by Tony Award winning actor and LGBT advocate Alan Cumming, culminated with the awarding of the four $2500 Scholarships to Eric Multer, Brandyn Brunelle, Chelsea Schade & John Dargan , Each of the honorees have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and are recognized for the impacts they have made on their community through their efforts. Notable attendees of the event included recording artists Ari Gold and Brian Kent, writer Jim Colucci, comedian Frank DeCaro , Broadway’s Nick Adams , photographer Jeff Eason , professor Vince Pellegrino and artist Paulo Gazelle
The recipients have made change happen in various ways , below are this years recipients and their contributions :
Eric Multer , a Senior at Penn Yan Academy in upstate New York has held several wide ranging leadership roles including establishing The districts Gay Straight Alliance after a long battle with the local Board of Education as well as participated as a member of the student council, National Honor Society, and a Food for Needy volunteer.
He plans to attend the University at Buffalo this Fall to pursue a degree in architecture and hopes to continue his involvement with LGBT related organizations and local food pantries.
Brandyn Brunelle, A senior at The Bancroft School in Connecticut is the co-founder and director of Colorful Courage (http://twitter.com/ColorfulCourage), an organization tackling social concerns for the local LGBT community, the co-president of the anti-defamation league, and co-president of Social Concerns. Through his committed work with these student organizations, Brandyn has raised funds and provided services to local shelters and safe-homes and tackled social concerns.
Upon graduation, he plans to attend LIM college in New York City and work with the World of Difference Organization to be a part of a shelter for gay teens and bring his Colorful Courage organization to his new college community.
Chelsea Schade, a senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, created the school’s first Gay Straight Alliance which has tackled issues ranging from acceptance to bringing awareness to the HIV and AIDS community, and even conducting climate surveys for the school community. She also works with the school’s health department to update protocol for suicide prevention and is a long time member of the Girl Scouts which has instilled a strong commitment to community service.
Chelsea will be attending Rider University where she will be admitted into the Bonner Scholars Program. She plans to pursue a career in teaching where she also hopes to help LGBT youth.
John Dargan ( its a sickness productions ) is a senior at the Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School where he has produced films like â€œDay of Silenceâ€ and â€œHabla Sexualâ€ which give further education to teens on social justice issues in the gay community. In addition, John launched The Diversity Project which organized a group of faculty and students to implement LGBT awareness activities in advisory classes and faculty meetings.
He is currently working on two more films, one in regards to LGBT history and a documentary on the impact of gay rights activists. He plans to attend Connecticut College and make a stronger impact in the world of broadcast and film. ( its a sickness productions )
For more information on the event and information on future events http://liveoutloud.info